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Foolish Pleasure

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Foolish Pleasure (NYRA)
Foolish Pleasure
Induction Year: 
1995
Foaled: 
1972
Breeder: 
Waldemar Farms
Owner: 
John L. Greer
Trainer: 
LeRoy Jolley
Sire: 
What a Pleasure
Dam: 
Fool Me Not
Damsire: 
Tom Fool
Career Years: 
1974-1976
Starts: 
26
First: 
16
Second: 
4
Third: 
3
Earnings: 
$1,216,705.00

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Bio

An undefeated Eclipse Award winner as a 2-year-old, Foolish Pleasure won the Kentucky Derby in 1975 and was a successful handicapper as a 4-year-old, winning the Donn Handicap and defeating Forego in the Suburban Handicap.

 

A bay son of What a Pleasure out of the Tom Fool mare Fool Me Not, Foolish Pleasure was a $20,000 Saratoga yearling bred by Waldemar Farms and campaigned by John L. Greer.

 

Trained by LeRoy Jolley, Foolish Pleasure won all seven of his starts as a 2-year-old in 1974, including Grade 1 victories in the Sapling, Hopeful and Champagne stakes.

 

Foolish Pleasure suffered his first loss when he finished third in the 1975 Florida Derby, but he bounced back to win the Wood Memorial and then defeated the likes of Avatar, Diablo and Master Derby in the Kentucky Derby. Foolish Pleasure also finished second in both the Preakness and Belmont.

 

In July 1975, Foolish Pleasure met undefeated filly Ruffian in a match race at Belmont Park. Before a crowd of more than 50,000 and more than 20 million television viewers, Ruffian broke her right foreleg and was later euthanized.

 

Foolish Pleasure won the Donn Handicap as a 4-year-old in 1976 under 129 pounds and added victories in the Arlington Golden Invitational Handicap and a memorable win over three-time Horse of the Year Forego in the Suburban Handicap.

 

Foolish Pleasure was retired after his 1976 season with a career record of 16-4-3 from 26 starts and earnings of $1,216,705. He died in 1994 at the age of 22.

 

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